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All This Speculation Why Calvin Johnson

Wide receiver extraordinaire, yellow jackets hover in the air
watching, anticipating a complete pass
into the hands of Calvin Johnson’s grasp.
Possession unquestioned, headlong down the field,
one step, two steps, three pivot to cross the goal line
bearing witness a coliseum of feline pride.
The end zone opens up like a cake with a surprise,
it’s smart to know when to stay, but wiser to know
when to walk away.

— yiqi 8 march 2016 9:25pm


Yes, indeed, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is retiring.  Read Bleacher Report’s article here.

We are spectators of his corporeality, his heart, his spirit and everything he’s put onto the field of play.  Why would Calvin Johnson retire?  Does it really matter?  C’est sa vie a vivre.  Sa sante est plus important que l’argent, que la renommee.

連他以後改變主意, 也不關我們的事. 你的球迷會永遠支持你.


NFL 2012: Falcons doorstop the Lions

The Atlanta Falcons, the Detroit Lions, and Monday Night Football on Saturday on ESPN.  The Lions started on offense but didn’t do much with the ball, neither did the Falcons when they got the ball.  On their next possession, though, more than halfway into the first quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White connected for a touchdown.  Atlanta 7 and Detroit 0.  The Lions put a field goal on the table.  Roddy White made another trip to the end zone during the Falcons’ next possession in the second quarter.  Just shy of halftime, Matt Ryan and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones connected for a beauty of a TD; the Lions inched up with a FG.  Atlanta 21 and Detroit 6.

The third quarter was rather uneventful until Lions running back Mikel Leshoure got his body into the end zone.  Atlanta 21 and Detroit 13.  His teammate tackle Gosder Cherilus then bear-hugged him (from behind) and lifted him off his feet.  Another potential Lions TD was downgraded to a FG in the top of the fourth quarter.  Atlanta 21 and Detroit 16.  Eight minutes into the fourth, the Falcons increased their lead with a third TD, courtesy of tight-end Michael Palmer.   Atlanta 28 and Detroit 16.   SUGARY DONUTS WITH VANILLA CREAM!!  A pass Matt Stafford had meant for Calvin Johnson to catch was intercepted by Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel.  Calvin is 6’5″; Asante is 5’10”.  This turnover resulted in a Falcons FG.  The Lions got two points after Falcons running back Michael Turner was tackled in the end zone.  Atlanta 31 and Detroit 18.  Final score.  The Falcons have secured the number seed in the NFC.

Observations & Miscellanea:

1.  Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden were the commentators.

2.  Roddy White and Julio Jones make incredible catches; Calvin Johnson makes beautiful catches.  He broke Jerry Rice’s record of receiving yards in a single season.

3.  One of the cameras got a glimpse of a Detroit fan who had painted a lion on his face…with snarling teeth-in-mouth to boot.

4.  After Michael Palmer made the TD in the middle of the fourth quarter, he body-bumped fellow tight-end Tony Gonzalez.

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NFL 2011: Falcons trip up the Lions

The Atlanta Falcons at the Detroit Lions?  Where do I sign up?

First $0.25:
–  Three minutes into the quarter, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw an interception.  Lions corner back Eric Wright got his hands on the ball.
– The Falcons’ defense was able to keep the Lions to a field goal; towards the bottom of the quarter, the Falcons tied with a FG. With just a few seconds left, the feathered flappers increased their numbers with a touchdown, courtesy of Matt Ryan getting the ball across the goal line.

Score: 10 Falcons 3 Lions

Second $0.25
– The Lions’ FG at the top of the quarter diminished the Falcons’ lead.
– Halfway through the quarter, Matt Ryan and Falcons wide receiver Roddy White connected for a TD.

Score: 17 Falcons 6 Lions

Third $0.25
– The Lions put up another FG in the seven or so minutes into the quarter.
– Chris Redman stepped in for Matt Ryan for a couple of snaps in the middle of the quarter.  The Falcons upped their lead with a FG at the end of that possession.
– Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson got the first touchdown for his team in the bottom of the quarter.

Score: 20 Falcons 16 Lions.

Fourth $0.25
– Matt Ryan was intercepted again, luckily the Lions did not score as a result of that turnover.  The Falcons got another FG but the Lions still had plenty of time to tie the score with half of the quarter left.
– The Falcons defense was able to keep the Lions from red zone action.  Matt Stafford limped off the field with under ninety seconds left in the game.

Final score: 23 Falcons 16 Lions.

Miscellaneous Observations:

1. Sam Rosen and Brian Billick were commentators for Fox.

2. Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli was injured three minutes into the fourth quarter.  He was able to hobble off the field with Falcons staff flanking him, but the discomfort was visible on his face.

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Thanksgiving 2009: Packers de-claw the Lions

Happy Pilgrims Ate a Whole Bunch of Food Hundreds of Years Ago Day!  The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions mixed collard greens today in the first of three Thanksgiving NFL games.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for this Fox telecast.   The Packers began on offense–for one play as kickoff-returner wide receiver Jordy Nelson fumbled the ball as he was tackled and the Lions recovered it.  After three attempts to score, wide receiver Calvin Johnson made a touchdown catch in the end zone.  Detroit 7 and Green Bay 0.  In the bottom of the first quarter Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted by Packers safety Nick Collins.  The final play of the quarter was a beautiful sixty-eight yard pass from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Donald Driver.

Packers tight end Donald Lee leaped into the end zone for a TD at the start of the second quarter.  Detroit 7 and Green Bay 7.  The Packers took the lead with a field goal halfway through the quarter.  Green Bay 10 and Detroit 7.  Two or three plays into the Lions’ go on offense, Matthew Stafford threw another interception, this time to Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.  The Packers increased their lead with another field goal in the remaining minute of the second quarter.  Green Bay 13 and Detroit 7.

The third quarter opened with Matthew Stafford throwing an interception to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson.  The Lions challenged the call but didn’t win.  Luckily for them, Aaron Rodgers lost the ball a few plays later and the Lions got back the ball.  How would they capitalize?  Would they capitalize?  Nope.  Donald Driver made a TD catch for his team in the second half of the third quarter.  Green Bay 20 and Detroit 7.  The Lions had a chance to shrink their score deficit but a field goal was no good in the bottom of the third.  Wide receiver James Jones’s catch and crossing of the goal line increased the Packers’ lead.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 7.

The Lions regained some of their opening offense momentum in the fourth quarter…except they couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.  Whoa, what just happened on the second play after the Packers took to offense?  One of the Lions knocked a Packer down.  Either the Lions got a safety or they got a TD.  The Packers coach challenged the TD call and won.  It was a safety.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 9.  Another trip to the red zone yielded no TDs; a field goal was good.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 12.  Charles Woodson intercepted Stafford again with four minutes left in the game and ran it into the end zone.  Green Bay 34 and Detroit 12.  Final score.

The CBS signal only emits through the TV in the living room; I prefer to watch TV in the dining room.  Thus, I shan’t be watching the Cowboys-Raiders game.  The Giants-Broncos game is on NFL Network tonight.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was sung by Melanie Fiona.  Qui?  Wow.  It’s Jennifer Lopez and Pocahontas in one!  She wore a red wine colored knee-length dress and a huge diamond bracelet on her left wrist.  Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson both got medium shots during the performance.  Wow, Matt Stafford’s jaw is so big.

2.  United Way and E2k sports sponsored a halftime performance paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Motown.  The first song, sung byVita Chambers, was “Heat Wave.”   Mon dieu, her singing was not very impressive.  The second song, sung by Kem, was “Higher Ground.”  The third song was “I’ll Be There,” performed by Melanie Fiona.  Yes, dancers surrounded each act.  The fourth song was Hal Linton doing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”  Shontelle and Hal Linton sang the fifth song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”   Forever the Sickest Kids did the sixth song, “Dancing In the Street.”  Who are these people?!

3.  The Fox camera operators (all men) got their five to seven seconds on broadcast in the top of the fourth quarter.

4.  In the fourth quarter, Troy Aikman remarked that Calvin Johnson is incredibly talented and is reminiscent of a young Randy Moss.

5.  $583,000 was approximately the amount that a Canadian developer paid to purchase the Pontiac Silverdome.

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